The detox component of treatment does not always have to take place in a residential treatment center. There are many suitable options that allow addicts to get the help they need to get through detox, while still going about their regular lives. This is known as an outpatient detox. An outpatient detox will offer the medication needed for a comfortable detox while also requiring the addict or alcoholic to come to groups and go to 12 step meetings during the week. Outpatient detox usually consists of counseling too. As for staying accountable with the medication, each time the addict comes to group, they will bring their medication and it will be counted. If you are worried about how an addict or alcoholic can stay safe while in an outpatient detox, it is fairly simple. Common outpatient detox options rely upon the following structures:
- Allowing addicts to pick up necessary medication to treat withdrawal symptoms from a pharmacy or an addiction treatment center.
- Allowing addicts to attend group or individual counseling sessions to deal with emotional drug or alcohol withdrawal.
- Providing addicts with access to medical support.
The benefit of any form of outpatient treatment is the fact that addicts can continue to go to work, school, and keep up with family responsibilities. While this may be hard to do while going through detox it may be necessary for an addict to continue on with their daily life in order to keep things from getting worse. For instance, if a parent of a household needs to keep their job to provide for their family but also go through detox, an outpatient detox setting is perfect for them. Typically, the most common type of outpatient detox treatment available involves the administration of medication. This is an appropriate option for addicts with less severe addictions, and that have a strong support system available to them at home.